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Vice President and GBSD Program Manager

Lockheed Martin Corporation

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Lockheed Martin Corporation

6801 Rockledge Drive

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

United States

Company Description

Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainm ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Qadas Inc

Maintenance Controller

Cathay Pacific

Line Maintenance Engineer Avionics



The RNASA Foundation

Board Member
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry

Advisory Board
United Space Alliance LLC


bachelor's degree

Electrical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

bachelor’s degree

Electrical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

electrical engineering degree

Georgia Tech

master's degree


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The Spacefleet Association - Lockheed Martin to design Reusable Booster System [cached]

"We are very pleased to be selected by the Air Force to support them on the Reusable Booster System program," said John Karas, Lockheed Martin Space System's vice president and general manager of Human Space Flight.

General Dynamics, Draper Labs, Aerojet ... [cached]

General Dynamics, Draper Labs, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Orbital ATK are among the subcontractors who will help Lockheed Martin compete for the service's ground-based strategic deterrent (GBSD) program, John Karas, Lockheed Martin vice president and GBSD program manager, said in a media call. The prime contractor is one of three major companies - along with Northrop Grumman and Boeing - pre-selected for the program's competition.

"We're excited about the prospects of this, we are continuing to work this, because it's a very important role for our country, and we're proud to be competing," Karas said.
The multi-billion dollar program will replace the nuclear missiles and modernize the GBSD command-and-control systems. Lockheed Martin delivered its proposal to replace the Air Force's aging Minuteman III missile system on Oct. 11, Karas said. The Air Force released its requested for proposals for the program in July.
Lockheed will work with General Dynamics on the weapon system command and control portion and with Draper Labs on the guidance navigation and control system, Karas said. Bechtel Corp. will bring ground-based midcourse defense and silo installation experience, and Moog Inc. will work on control systems.
Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne will compete for the propulsion subcontract, he said. Lockheed could select one of the companies to be the subcontractor, or a later design could end up being a hybrid of both vendors' input, Karas said.
"Each company has different benefits and advantages for different stages," he said. "It's too early to tell, but both of those teams are working with us."
Lockheed plans to provide "21st-century engineering to 21st-century deterrence," he said, adding that the proposal was designed with long-term sustainment, affordability and flexibility toward evolving threats in mind. Virtual reality, 3-D design and 3-D printing are all digital design elements that will "lower cost, reduce cycle time and improve quality," Karas said.
Cyber capabilities will also play an important role in the program's modernization, especially for the launch command-and-control system, which is currently still using 1970s-era technology and floppy disks.
"When you're building a system with more modern technology, it's more susceptible, so [cybersecurity] is a very important part of our design," Karas said.
Major production would likely occur at Lockheed's Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, division, as well as the company's Sunnyvale, California, campus for avionics development. Denver is where several different ballistic missiles were designed and would likely see some work, and Colorado Springs would cover the ground systems, Karas said.

Colorado Association Of Commerce and Industry: Board [cached]

John Karas Vice President, Business Development Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Northern Utah to be the Home of Lockheed Martin Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program Office [cached]

"Our GBSD program management team will work and live in Utah because the Hill Air Force Base community matters to the ICBM mission," said John Karas, Lockheed Martin vice president and GBSD program manager.

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John Karas, vice president of the ground-based strategic deterrent program at Lockheed Martin, said his company has a long track record of success in engineering, evolving and sustaining ballistic missile systems.

"We bring vast expertise to the design, development and fielding of the Air Force's and the Navy's next-generation strategic missile weapon systems, as well as the nation's missile defense systems. We are uniquely qualified to offer the government the most affordable, low-risk GBSD solution that meets all mission requirements," he said in an email.

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